Betrayal, depression and anxiety

University of Bath
Research by Rowena Pagdin, Dr Falguni Nathwani & Prof. Paul Salkovskis, University of Bath

People with OCD needed to help with research looking at interpersonal relationships and mood disorders.

Thank you for showing your interest in this research project. I am a Trainee Clinical Psychologist at the University of Bath working alongside Dr Falguni Nathwani and Professor Paul Salkovskis. We are looking for people who are currently experiencing Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) who would like to take part in this study.

What is the purpose of the study?
Most people experience difficulties in their relationships from time to time; we have all been let down by people we trust. However, some experiences in relationships can leave a lasting impact on how we feel about ourselves, other people, and the world around us, The main purpose of this research is to measure if people with low mood or certain types of anxiety have been let down by others more often than those without depression or anxiety.

What would taking part involve?
If you agree to take part, you will be asked to complete a number of questionnaires. Some of these will be about how you feel about yourself, the world and other people, and some will be about your experiences in general.

An example of the sort of questions that will be asked is: “Have you ever been betrayed by someone you trusted?”

The questionnaires will take between one and one and a half hours to complete. You can complete the questionnaires at home, online or, if you prefer at another location with a researcher present.

You will be given a £5 voucher as an appreciation for participating in the study which can choose to donate to OCD-UK should you wish to.

How do I take part in this research project?
If you are interested in taking part in this project, and to find out more information, please contact Rowena:

By email:
By phone: 07796 553509

By post: Rowena Pagdin,
6 West 0.9,
University of Bath
Claverton Down

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Ethical Approval Reference: This study has been approved by a group of independent people (Ethics Committee) to protect your rights, dignity, well-being and safety. This study has been approved by the: Cardif REC3 Ethics Committee. Reference Number: 14/WA/1155 - Ethics Telephone 029 2037 6829. Your participation is entirely voluntary and you are free to withdraw at any time, without giving a reason for doing so.

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